About Urban Surf 4 Kids
Urban Surf for Kids is a non-profit organization with a dedicated team of volunteers providing orphans and foster youth an opportunity to try water based activities like surfing, swimming and paddle boarding. It offers the youth a chance to connect with the environment and have a whole lot of fun at the same time! We love to help out and spread the love of stand up and the recent event gave the kids a chance to try all kinds of paddle boards in picturesque mission bay and also offered up a fun paddle race to raise some funds for the organization.
The Urban Surf 4 Kids Paddle Race
The race took place on Bonita Cove just behind the roller coaster in Mission Bay and offered up a 2 mile, 6 mile and some fun relays. Isle managed to grab a 3rd place in the men’s 2 mile stock division and also hosted a tent with lots of free giveaways like hats and stickers in addition to some boards for demo for the youth. The cove was filled with all kinds of people trying Sup for the first time and it was cool to see everyone, especially the kids enjoying themselves.
One thing that really stood out to me during the day was I noticed a guy paddling in the race in a wheel chair attached and balanced perfectly on top of his paddle board and it was the first time I had ever seen something like that and hats off to him as I love to see someone who doesn’t let anything stop them from getting out in the water and doing what they love!!
The early morning overcast parted and made way for sunny skies in the afternoon as the relay races wrapped up and some delicious food was served to the competitors with a stage set up playing live music. The musical highlight was American Idol finalist Elliot Yamin who belted out tunes for an hour or so for the crowd and showed us just why he made it to the finals on one of the worlds most watched TV shows.
Thanks to Sal & the San Diego Urban Surf 4 Kids Crew for hosting the event and we look forward to coming back again next year!
To Donate or Find out how you can help check out Urban Surf 4 Kids
Isle Sponsors Urban Surf 4 Kids Fundraiser & Paddle Race
About the Author - Marc Miller is the founding partner of Isle Surf & SUP an online retailer of paddle boards & surfboards. He has been involved in board manufacturing, product development and website management for Isle since its inception in 2004. He also writes the Isle Surf & SUP Blog. An avid surfer and paddler for the past 2 decades when hes not in the office he can be found on foreign shores searching for waves and fun.